Fellowships to support student-led international projects
A new fellowship program will provide opportunities for students to develop their global leadership skills by working with international communities in need.
The PFF Community Leadership Program, funded by the Pathy Family Foundation and administered by the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), offers up to $30,000 for each eight to 12-month fellowship. Two fellowships will be awarded this year and four fellowships each of the following two years.
“Many leadership-oriented students dream up innovative projects but struggle to find the funding to carry them out. This program will empower them to affect social change around the world,” says Rowena Selby, QUIC education abroad advisor.
Projects can vary in scope as long as they address a community need. Innovative and entrepreneurial projects of social and intercultural significance will receive special consideration. Applicants must also show the potential on-going sustainability of the project after the fellowship.
The foundation chose to partner with Queen’s because it was impressed by QUIC’s support for and commitment to international student activities and programs. PFF hopes recipients will benefit from the leadership experience provided by the fellowship and that it will reinforce their commitment to community service throughout their lives.
At the end of the fellowship, the students will return to Queen’s and participate in activities on campus that deepen people’s understanding of the social and cultural context of the communities within which the projects were undertaken.
QUIC will assist students to identify, plan and deliver these projects in conjunction with university academic departments and service units. For nearly 50 years, QUIC has been preparing students for their stay in a new host culture, whether as international students at Queen’s or through study abroad opportunities across the globe.
“QUIC is pleased to develop and administer this program that will further the university’s goal of internationalizing its academic and co-curricular programs,” says Ms Selby.
The fellowship program is open to full-time Queen’s undergraduate students who will graduate in 2011, or Queen’s graduate students in a full-time Masters or PhD program applying for a sabbatical year or for a post-graduation project.
A general information session will be held on March 17 from noon until 1 pm at the John Orr Room inside the John Deutsch University Centre. The deadline for applications is April 11 at 4:30 pm.